The Owl Killers

  • by Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

England 1321: Deep in the countryside lies an isolated village governed by a sinister regime of Owl Masters. But their dark status quo is disturbed by the arrival of a house of religious women. Why do their crops succeed when village crops fail, their cattle survive despite the plague? Accusations of witchcraft and heresy run rife, while the Owl Masters rain down hellfire and torment on the women, who must look to their faith to save them from the lengthening shadow of evil... a shadow with predatory, terrifying talons.

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What the Critics Say

"Maitland has conjured up a medieval world startling in its brutality and unrivaled in it's fury." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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utterly enthralling, loved every minute

I'd read Company of Liars, and didn't think another book could come close to that, but The Owl Killers exceeded all my expectations. It was utterly enthralling from start to finish and I loved every minute.
It did take me half an hour or so to get into it, but after that I became increasingly immersed in the character development and the story line, and David Thorpe's narration was fantastic.
As with Company of Liars, the descriptions are so good that you can almost feel & smell what it was like to live in those times! The plot is intriguing, the descriptions vivid and I found the book totally addictive - I couldn't stop listening and was disapointed when I got to the end.
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- Cathryn

Entralling mystical medieval

It took me about an hour of listening to really get into this imaginative and enthralling story and become familiar with the five characters through whom the story would be told. It's an extraordinary novel that brings medieval existence to life in all its day-to-day privations, subservience to the local lord, superstitions and fears of eternal damnation drummed into the populace by an unforgiving Church. It's a very powerful story of the struggle between good and evil centred around a village somewhere near Norwich where a group of women from Low Countries have setup a religious community that is distrusted by the Church and by the local community who are still in thrall to pagan beliefs exploited by a band of Owl Masters who terrorize them.
Much of the pleasure and power of this book is due to the exceptionally good narrator, David Thorpe, who brings a wealth of characters to life by giving them individual voices by which they are easily identified in this roller-coaster of a story.
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- Kirstine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-04-2011
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing